ASRock has been one of the few motherboard vendors to focus on mini-PCs targeting the HTPC and portable gaming markets. Starting from the ION-based nettop days, they have consistently refreshed the mini-PC lineup in sync with Intel's product cycle. We have been reviewing members of their CoreHT lineup (rechristened as VisionHT last year) since the Arrandale days, but today, we are focusing on their gamer-targeted mini-PCs. The VisionX lineup marked the departure from NVIDIA to AMD for the discrete GPU component, and their Haswell version, the VisionX 420D combines a Core i5-4200M with an AMD Radeon R9 M270X. Read on to see how the mini-PC fares under both gaming and HTPC workloads.

IDF 2012: Haswell GT3 Running Skyrim

Although material on Haswell has been fairly light thus far, we have gotten a few gems. During this morning's keynote Dadi Perlmutter showed off Haswell GT3 (the highest end...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/11/2012

Intel Haswell Architecture Slides (IDF 2012)

If you didn't follow our live blog you can check out the first Haswell architecture disclosure slides in the gallery below.

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/11/2012

Intel Haswell Architecture Disclosure: Live Blog

Intel is about to give us the first architectural details on its 4th generation Core processor microarchitecture, codename Haswell. Follow the live blog for full details as we get them!

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/11/2012

Intel's Haswell: 20x Lower Platform Idle Power than Sandy Bridge, 2x GPU Performance of Ivy Bridge

If you've been following our IDF Live Blog you've already seen this, but for everyone else - Intel gave us a hint at what Haswell will bring next year...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/11/2012

Intel Developer Forum 2012 - Dadi Perlmutter Keynote Live Blog

Today we're trying out something new: a beta version of our new Live Blog engine. As long as WiFi and cellular networks cooperate, we'll be providing live coverage from...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/11/2012

Midrange System Buyer's Guide

Intel has dominated the midrange and high-end segments of the desktop processor market since the release of its Sandy Bridge architecture in early 2011. A few months ago we...

95 by Zach Throckmorton on 9/11/2012

Intel: By 2020 The Size of Meaningful Compute Approaches Zero

Intel Labs is a super interesting arm of the company, responsible for developing technologies that would potentially go into products 5 - 10 years down the road. It's from...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2012

The AnandTech Podcast - Episode 4

I didn't lug the Blue yeti across the country for nothing: we have episode 4 of the AnandTech Podcast up for you all to listen to. Given the timing...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2012

Intel’s Pentium and Core i3 Desktop Ivy Bridge CPUs Arrive

We knew the Core i3 Ivy Bridge CPUs were coming, but details on precisely when that would happen and how much they would cost were a bit harder to...

66 by Jarred Walton on 9/7/2012

Haswell at IDF 2012: 10W is the New 17W

Earlier this week Intel let a little bit of information leak about Haswell, which is expected to be one of the main focal points of next week's Intel Developer...

43 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/7/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 3

This week on the AnandTech Podcast we discuss the latest in chip architecture disclosures (both intentional and leaked) from AMD and Intel. Steamroller, Jaguar and Valleyview are all on...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/3/2012

Fall Budget System Buyer's Guide

Most of the systems I build for friends and clients are destined to spend their days performing basic computing tasks like checking email and Facebook accounts, shopping for shoes...

39 by Zach Throckmorton on 9/1/2012

Motorola Mobility and Intel Schedule Press Event for September 18th

September is going to be an extraordinarily busy month for the technology industry. Nokia and Microsoft are going to hold a joint press conference on September 5th in New...

5 by Stefan Constantinescu on 8/29/2012

Details on Intel's Valleyview SoC Emerge: 22nm Atom with Ivy Bridge Graphics

First, a recap. Clover Trail is the dual-core 32nm Atom platform that will power the first generation of value x86 Windows 8 tablets (and go up against ARM based...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/28/2012

ASUS UX31A: Putting the Ultra in Ultrabooks

When Intel first came up with their Ultrabook initiative last year—and yes, it was basically just a rechristening of ultraportables with the thin factor of a MacBook Air—they also...

106 by Jarred Walton on 8/28/2012

Intel's Medfield Reference Design Picked up by Russia's MegaFon

Intel has taken a unique approach to getting its Medfield SoC into the hands of customers around the world. After building a competitive, midrange (by today's standards) reference smartphone...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/22/2012

Samsung Series 7 NP700Z7C Review

We recently posted our first look at Dell’s new XPS 15, a Windows-focused laptop that took more than a few design elements of the standard MacBook Pro 15. While...

49 by Jarred Walton on 8/16/2012

Intel Brings TRIM to RAID-0 SSD Arrays on 7-Series Motherboards, We Test It

In an unusually terse statement, Intel officially confirmed that the ATA TRIM command now passes through to RAID-0 SSD arrays on some systems running Intel's RST (Rapid Storage Technology...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/16/2012

The Intel SSD 910 Review

The increase in compute density in servers over the past several years has significantly impacted form factors in the enterprise. Whereas you used to have to move to a...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/9/2012

LRDIMMs, RDIMMs, and Supermicro's Latest Twin

Most of the servers in the datacenter, especially the ones running virtualization, database, and some HPC applications, are more memory limited than anything else. There are several server memory...

26 by Johan De Gelas on 8/3/2012

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